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Pig War | Hopworks Urban Brewery

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3.62/5
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48 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hopworks Urban Brewery
Oregon, United States
hopworksbeer.com

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
English Imperial IPA with Wilamette and Cascade hops from San Juan Island estate. 80 IBU

Added by barleywinefiend on 12-02-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#33,402
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
48
pDev:
10.5%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
4
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 48 |  Reviews: 16
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2/5  rDev -44.8%

Photo of beertunes
2.94/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Evil 22oz bottle format poured into 9oz pilsener glass. What's up with the weird hamster on the label? How come a Washington brewery didn't jump on this idea. Perhaps the old San Juan Brewing did. The beer was a hazy/lightly cloudy yellow with about 1/4 inch of white head that had very low retention and lace.

The aroma was pretty nice, mostly floral hop forward, on top of some light grains and with a hint of citrusy hops at the back. The flavors were pretty similar, and somewhat disappointing. Very light-to almost no malts, the hop tastes were all kind of blurred together, nothing really distinctive. The hops did linger on the back end though, so there's that.

The body was far thinner than I like in the style, there was bit of sticky sweetness that lingered longer than was enjoyable. Drinkability was OK, I thought a 22 was more than I wanted, 12oz would been enough. Overall, OK but, not really worth a lot of trouble to get. If you see it on tap, it's worth a shot.

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Kontraband
3.17/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of 81tillinfinity
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DefenCorps
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

AUG 29, 2014
On tap at Hopworks last night. A hazy light orange with a dense, white head with decent retention and lacing, this looks solid. The nose is blah. Chalky grapefruit hops, a pronounced wheat and grain aroma with minimal sweetness, some bread. Hip character is mild on both nose and palate with mild citrus, some orange juice, a moderate wheat malt character and some bread. Drying but with a dextrinous fullness on the finish, this beer is decent. Meh.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of moonknight31
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Hopmodium
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of tjcamm
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of qcghost
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of draheim
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Clear amber color, 1-finger off-white head.

Aroma is mostly caramel malt and dank floral hops.

Taste is malty, floral, and bitter - all combined. An almost grainy, herbal quality. Fruitiness is strong - apricots, mango, something a little chalky.

Medium bodied, coats the tongue. Alcohol present but not dominant.

Overall not a beer I'd seek out again.

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Photo of MADhombrewer
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Dark caramel color with a big bubbled, off white head. 4/5

Smell- Aroma has a Belgian yeast character. Bits of clove. 3.5/5

Taste- Taste starts out like a small Belgian. Some banana and cloves flavors. The sip ends with a nice caramel malt blast. Little bitterness in the middle. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel- Medium mouthfeel throughout the sip. 3.5/5

Overall- Good beer. Don't know if I will be running out to get another, but enjoyable non-the-less. 3.5/5

"English Imperial IPA"?? Nothing about this is Imperial OR IPA. Don't really understand the style placement, but then again, I won't know what style to place this in either.

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Photo of woemad
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased at an Albertson’s in Kennewick, Washington. First beer I’v ever had with the term “estate-grown hops” on it, though I’ve frequently consumed bottles of wine made with estate-grown grapes. For some reason, the label reminds me of the old Space Invaders video game.

Pours a ruddy, orangey color, very hazy. Small, beige colored head.

Big, citrusy and earthy nose. Fairly different-seeming.

Surprisingly sweet tasting. There’s some citrusy hops but there’s a lot of maltiness as well. There’s that same grainy, earthy thing that was going on in the smell, too. I’m not sure what this tastes like, but I wouldn’t expect it in an Imperial/DIPA.

Fairly slick mouthfeel, and somewhat surprising amount of body. Somewhat low carbonation, but not to a crippling degree.

Interesting beer from the folks at HUB. Although I like it, I think one bottle will do me, as it doesn’t seem like a beer for sessioning, either from flavor or abv viewpoints.

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3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had from a 22oz bomber purchased in Portland, OR. Label has quite a bit of info on it. Made from certified organic barley and organic hops from San Juan Island. 14 degrees, 60 IBUs, and 6.0% ABV

Pours a lightly hazy straw/golden color with an ample white head, solid retention, and nice lacing.

Aromas of candied grapefruit, orange zest, fresh-cut grass, pine, spice, and white flowers.

Medium-bodied and very lithe on the palate. Fresh and racy with plenty of carbonation. Has a nice wheaty acidity, but a very crisp and dry finish of cracked white pepper, orange peel, birch, and paper.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a deep golden color with good carbonation and a nice white head

S: Some citrus, dry leafy hops and English malts. Different.

T: Very malt forward but also has a great dose of hops with Citrus and floral notes

M: Nice feel, medium carbonation, some booze

D: Good and easy

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Photo of djbreezy
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - opaque brown/red, some lacing, average retention

smell - spicy and malty

taste - malt forward with a bit of a bitter hop finish, seems true to style for an english ipa (malt forward w/ higher abv)

mouthfeel - sticky, medium bodied, fizzy

overall - not my favorite style but beer seems decent for what it is, more accustomed to a hop presence from hopworks especially with the "estate grown hops" highlight on the front of the bottle...they don't really describe the beer accurately

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Photo of DucksFan16
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ccrida
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into my Bier Stein snifter, Pig War is clear gold with an off-white head leaving light foamy lace.

Smell is candied citrus hops, orange marmalade, moderate, some resins.

Taste is fine, it's a decent if generic PDX IPA. The wheat, ehh, I guess it's there, it's clean and bright, some fresh cereals, but this is an IPA, and the flavor forward, low bitter citrus hop bill is the star.

Mouthfeel is very foamy, soft, light bodied.

Drinkability is fine, it's an easy drinking IPA but unremarkable. Overpriced, I doubt the cheaper wheat would make a difference in taste.

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Photo of unclekeith
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Canned about 6 weeks ago - served in a Teku

Straw colored with a small white head. A bit cloudy. Citrus on the nose. Citrus, not too bitter, some sweetness. Alcohol is well hidden. Approachable IPA

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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Pig War from Hopworks Urban Brewery
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 48 ratings
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